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aljazeera is a beacon for openness, where every sides wishes to see only it's own narrative broadcast. that's not the way it works. silencing journalists is never the answer. that's our show today. i'm ali velshi and thank you for joining us. >> hi, everyone. it is aljazeera america. i'm johnso john seigenthaler in new york. rockets and grounded flights into israel. and plus, the push to find a diplomatic solution. in gaza, staying alive, thousands jammed into shelters and hopes. collecting the latest u.s. intelligence on who shot down flight 17. 99 days after they were kidnapped, the latest on the search for the missing nigerian
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schoolgirls, and migrants welcomed. one california community isn't turning people away, they're encouraging the undocumented to stay. tonight israel is feeling the global consequences of the conflict with gaza. international airlines have halted flights into israel after a rocket attack near the tel aviv airport. that was one issue that secretary of state, john kerry, talked about with the prime minister and tonight, kerry and the u.n. secretary general are both in the region, trying to find a diplomatic solution. but the fighting in gaza is as intense as ever. 600 people have died in the conflict so far. let's go to nick schiffrin, our correspondent on the ground with more. >> reporter: good evening, john, the violence has increased inside of gaza to the point
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where 40% of the strip is a no go area, too dangerous for residents to stay, and so many have fled areas where the violence is increasing in northern gaza and come here to gaza city. they have overwhelmed u.n. schools that have turned into shelters, and private homes, bringing entire families into the city, as well as lots and lots of children. >> if you're a six-year-old in gaza, you've already survived three wars. today, without the kindness of cousins, these children would be homeless. they and their families ned israeli bombings to this house. osama is the mother hen here. it's not easy to restore order. children are loud and traumatized. from the battles they have seen and heard. >> i told them, don't be afraid,
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stay home. but my children refused. >> this was their neighborhood days ago. used to fire rockets into israel. and the israeli military has bombarded it. the rocket launchers are in residential areas, so they shot at her incoming and outgoing, she demonstrates how she tries to block out the sound. >> when you put your fingers in your ears, does that mean that you can't hear anything. >> a little bit. >> in all, 100,000 gazans, about one in 15, have evacuated their hopes, and about half have crowded into homes they consider and hope to be safe. this one usually sleeps about five, and they sleep wherever they can find room for a mattress. >> i heard bombs very loud. i got scared and we fled the house. >> fear isn't exclusive to children.
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58-year-old masala admits that when he grabbed his kids and started walking, he didn't know where they would go. >> i couldn't hide any feelings, and i started crying, i ran into the street and wasn't sure if we would live or die. >> nowhere is safe. i can hear the constant sounds of an israeli drone up above, and just up the street from a house they have moved, this house was completely destroyed by a strike. a member of hamas lived there. just seconds later, palestinian fighters fire a rocket into israel. >> god willing, there will be a ceasefire, and we can return to our homes and live in dignity as we used to. every night, mosama prepares a traditional dinner. and she keeps the today in the coolest part of the house, and the food is provided by charity. >> if you were at home and there
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was peace, what would you be doing. >> as long as this war goes on, i will stay in this house. >> it's repeated everywhere, even here. >> there's a whole other family who has fled living upstairs. >> for the tens of thousands of people who have fled their home into u.n. shelters tonight, there's near that those shelters aren't even safe. on two occasions, according to the u.n. and the israeli army, they have discovered palestinian rocketing hidden inside of the schools turned shelters, and today, there was a direct hit by an israeli tank onto one of those schools. >> and today in the gaza office where you've been working, were hit by two direct gunshots, and tell us about that. >> yes, this was a little after 9:00, and we're on the top floor of a skyscraper, a large building in gaza city.
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two projectiles came through the window into the lounge area, and they were about that big or so, and they're somewhere between a flash bang and a mortar, something designed to scare people and cause a ruckus or a large noise, and also to cause a light. but also not designed to explode or to wound or kill people. the israeli military has used similar projectiles in order to warn people in the past. for example, before they might destroy their homes in an airstrike, but all day i spoke to the israel officials and they can not confirm or deny that anybody from israel fired the shots into our office. >> nick schiffrin, thank you very much. and the reports came after abdor lieberman said that he wants to banal al from being seen on israeli television. he said that he's reviewing the
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status of the channel and said that aljazeera has become a pillar of hamas' propaganda effort. he considers the comments a serious matter. in a letter to the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, aljazeera writes that the unjustified attack on aljazeera's offices i is, is against law. this attack on its office directly follows foreign minister lieberman's inflammatory and grossly incraft statement. diplomatic efforts to end the violence in gaza have intensified tonight. and phil is in london with that
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part of the story. >> very busy day on the dip attic front and the region, and we have secretary of state, john kerry, in cairo, meeting with members of the arab league, and the palestinian intelligence chief. and of course meeting with the members of the egyptian government, including president al ceasey. following that, secretary carey came up to a press conference, and said that there needs to be a cessation of violence, but also a bigger discussion. here's what he had to say. >> just reaching a ceasefire is not enough. address all of the concerns that brought us to where we are today. >> now, where we are today of
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course is with people dying in great numbers on a daily basis, and there's another problem that the world wants to see a cessation of the violence, and as far as nex netanyahu, is hers what he had to say. >> hamas is like isis. hamas is like al qaeda a hamas is like hezbollah, and hamas is like boko haram. and there are so many of these islamist groups that reject pluralism, and reject the respect for human rights, and use their own people as human shields, and attack civilians, and it's part of a larger patter. what grievances can we solve for hamas? they don't even want a two-state solution. >> now, that may be the israeli
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prime minister's position, but right now on the dip attic front, people are of course concerned about the long-term resolution of what's going on in gaza and the region, but right now, many of those dip attic circles say [ audio difficulties ] >> looks likes we just lost phil's signal from london. jeff is a former ambassador to iraq and turkey, and at the washington institute for near east policy, and james, it's good to have you on the program. >> good to be here. >> let me start with a possible ceasefire. is there any chance at this point that hamas is going to accept any of the proposals? >> at this point, i don't think so. because the proposal is status quoante, and hamas would not give any of its demands, which are essentially free flow of trade, free flow of supplies and
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people, and that's not acceptable, to certainly not valleisrael and probably not eg. >> at this point, his quote legitimate military operation," and are you convinced that the united states is comfortable with the israeli invasion of gaza? >> given the experience that the united nations has had with terrorist attacks, which i've experienced myself, there's a lot of experience for israeli facing unrelenting attacks in the country, and on the other hand, secretary kerry said there's a growing concern about the civilian casualties, and we have to balance both. as long as they accept the ceasefire. there will not be pressure. >> he was caught on camera, and
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he didn't know he was on camera. and apparently mocking the whole idea of a pinpoint operation by israel. is there some part of the government of the united states that has questioned what the israelis are doing? >> whenever you see civilian casualties, it's legitimate to ask questions. on the other hand, if you have to fight in an urban area, as secretary kerry knows from his time in vietnam, and as i do from my time there and in iraq, it's very hard to avoid civilian casualties, no matter how hard you try. hamas is trying to. >> why would she stop now if they haven't completed their mission? >> well, they haven't completed their mission, they're going to be inclined to continue, and their acceptance of the
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ceasefire may be a tactical ploy, but if hamas accepts t. the israelis would have to do so. the israelis are troubled as any country with the civilian casualties. and they're sensitive to that. >> $47 million in humanitarian aid from the united states, where does that go, and is that anywhere close to enough. >> well, it's never enough, but where it should and usually does go is to the international resident cross, u.n. agencies and ngos who are there on the ground as we have heard in some of our reports, treating the wounded and taking care of people, and trying to make folks as comfortable as possible, particularly these people who have been displaced from their homes because of the fighting. >> ambassador, why is this happening now? why did israel launch this
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offensive at this time. >> i think the ground offensive was launched because for two weeks, we had essentially an aerial offensive of hamas rocketing launched at israel and israel's retaliation, but it did not succeed in shutting down hamas' offensive, and israel decide they had a bigger problem, of hamas challenging israel throughout the country with rocket attacks, and these incursions through tunnels into the israeli territory. and i believe that the israelis decided they would go for something approaching a military victory. >> and do you think that israel is suspecting air traffic to be shut down because of this. >> no, and of course that's a controversial decision in israeli eyes. i've had experience with the usfaa in iraq, and the faa is very very cautious in their eyes. any kind of fighting near an airport. but as a top u.s. official said
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today, this will be reviewed on a daily basis. >> thank you for being on the program. and turning now into the investigation of flight 17. new intelligence information just released by u.s. officials, they said that the plane was most likely shot down by accident, but according to one official, it's not known who pulled the trigger. the u.s. has no proof that russia was involved, but they armed the pro russian separatists. a buk missile launcher shot it down, and with any system, mistakes can be made. jacob ward is in san francisco with more. >> robots and severe have improved many parts of our lives, but one place where they present a real danger is in the automation of the decision to pull the trigger.
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here, looking at a u.s. army promotional video in the early days of the patriot missile system. look closely how he talks about the computer plays a role in making the decision to fire. >> certainly you see them, unknown, leaving the enemy area and coming toward you. but you can't be sure yet. the computer sifts through the information and gives you the answer. the unknowns become hostiles. there, within range of your missile. it's time for your decision to engage the targets. >> now, that's the problem right there, the computer has told the operator that the unknown aircraft is hostile. so what do you do? do you second guess? all of the be available information is telling you that it's an enemy, or do you go along with that idea? here's the thing to know, john. the only two aircraft shot down
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in the patriot conflict, were misidentified as incoming iraqi rockets. now, automated weapons systems are on the rise, and with them come the potential for terrible mistakes, and that may be what we saw with flight 17. military analysts constantlily say that we should have a human in the loop, a human making the final decision to fire. but we're already moving away with that. the u.s. army is experimenting with automated machine guns, and experimenting with those systems, and even where humans are in the loop, they're often reduced to veto power, asking at the last minute whether the computer should proceed. it's not deciding when to kill, but on when not to. >> that's jake ward, reporting from san francisco. and there's constitution tonight
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about the bodies taken from flight 17. one dutch official said that not all of the bodies were sent to the netherlands. >> finally out of the battle zone, the bodies on mh17 arrived tuesday. they will comb the crash site, determined to find every body fragment. >> the first plane will take off tomorrow and continue until the last victim is identified and brought out. as far as we know, at this moment, we're talking about 200 victims, which means that there are probably remains left in the area where this disaster took place. >> the train also carried the flight data recorders. it's agreed that they will be sent to the united kingdom for unanimous. now that the bodies are here, the process to get them out of
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ukraine has gun. many steps in the process, and it will be until wednesday when the bodies are loaded onto the hercules aircraft, and bound for the netherlands. the process of identifying the victims will be one at a time. calling for no more fighting in the eastern ukraine where it was shot down. netherlands has stressed that we want the european union to be unanimous to call for more, as far as we're concerned, things have fundamentally changed since last thursday. they have joined the investigators at the crash site. as they comb through the wreckage, spread over 25 kilometers. >> with the respective from them, that our movement should be without trouble. >> the fighting nearby
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continues, so there's still a risk. the three teams need to focus on their investigation, and not on their security. >> the next, the california community that is welcoming undocumented immigrants with open arms. and the islamic states campaign of fear and intimidation, and why a rock is so far failing to stop it.
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>> firefighters are reporting progress tonight, battling a huge fire in washington state. the largest wildfire in that state's history, covering 400 square miles. it's being blamed for one death and the destruction of 150 homes. cooler weather is helping the firefighters, but stormy weather may mean lightning, which could start more fires. a mystery in new york city tonight. for several hours, flags on the
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brooklyn bridge were replaced with white flags. the police don't know who made the switch or why. the bridge is one of the most guarded landmarks in the new york city area, according to the police, and we'll have much more. the obama administration is reporting that it's progressing in reporting undocumented immigrants. homeland security secretary, johnson, said that the u.s. needs more to keep one the surge. federal agents have succeeded cutting off the source of money that is used to smuggle the migrants into the united states. >> over the last month or so, we have seized $28,000 in bank accounts, and we will identify more bank accounts, and more flows of money and continue to
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go after the criminals in the smuggling organizations. >> it used to take three or three days to send them back to their countries, and now it takes about four days. when it comes to housing undocumented meeting rants, the message from several communities is clear, stay out. but one small southern california community as much welcoming them. jennifer london reports. >> in this rather plain, nondescript office, you'll find the mayor of bell, california working the phone. >> how are you? >> valencia doesn't stay still for long. 20 minutes later, we jump in the car for a tour of the city. and next stop, he's chatting with residents in a local curio shop. >> i'm sure it's an ordeal for them to come over here. >> they're talking about the tens of thousands of migrant children coming into the u.s.
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without documentation. valencia is throwing his city's support behind the salvation army's proposal to bring some to a temporary shelter in bell. >> you understand we're talking about children. >> valencia was once one of those children. he was four when his family fled from mexico. >> i came to this country without documents, and i was smuggled in, and i do remember the order what i went through, and i can imagine what the kids went through. >> the fading paint shows that this is an immigration facility. and you can clearly see that the building has not been used in years, and the windows are so dirty you can hardly see anything inside. but it's a long stretch of warehouse buildings that have been renovated by the salvation army. the group is clearly operating a homeless shelter down the block and a medical facility.
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they are not yet ready to talk about their plan, but they have applied for funding from the department of health and human services. nearby, in the city's newly dedicated park, the residents are dedicated to helping the chirp. >> if we can help them, why not do it? why make it complicated. >> but it is complicated. as we have seen in marietta, california, where hundreds of protesters, blocked buses from entering a customs processing center. back at the proposed site in bell, valencia is worried that not everyone will be so welcoming. >> the concern really that i have is people who are going to yell at them and scream at them. that's my biggest concern, people showing america the ugly. i want to do the right thing, and i want to be on the right side of history. >> the decision to approve the shelter will ultimately be made
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by the federal government. and in the meantime, valencia will continue to seek support for an agenda that's not political. >> coming up next, anger in israel after the u.s. temporarily bans flights to tel aviv. and the kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls, tonight we hear their stories. did you know a ten-second test could help your business avoid hours of delay caused by slow internet from the phone company? that's enough time to record a memo. idea for sales giveaway.
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>> this is aljazeera america. coming up, how many citizens are in the israeli army? and plus, the humanitarian crisis in gaza and aid workers on the ground tell us how bad conditions are for many people there. and rebels make major gains if iran, how the islamic state is using fear to get what it wants. the fighting in gaza has entered it's third week. since then, nearly 120,000 palestinians have been chased from their homes by violence. secretary of state, john kerry, is in cairo searching for a diplomatic region. and moon is also in the region. there has been no letup in
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shelling in gaza. 16 people have been killed there in the last 48 hours. and in u.s. and canada banned flights into israel today. they are banned for 24 hours. the decision to ground flights to israel came after a rocket landed about one mile from the tel aviv airport. the u.s. has asked them to restore commercial flights. lisa stark has more on today's decision. >> reporter: john, the federal aviation administration has asked them to suspend their flights because of rockets. three u.s. carriers fly to israel. delta and u.s. airways. and delta's daily flight was on route to israel, about two hours
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out, when the decision was made to stop flights there. so the airline had to turn around and put down in paris. four airlines are following suit. air france, lufthansa, and klm, all suspending flights to israel as well. and this comes a day after the state department issued a travel advisory for americans, urging them not to go to deal, west bank or gaza unless absolutely necessary. they will continue to monitor the security situation in and around want ain't in tel aviv and they will update the instructions as the conditions permit. >> in israel, thousands attended the funeral of an israel soldier, he was one of 13 killed. and there are hundreds of citizens taking up arms for
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israel's cause. >> there's a long history of jewish americans serving in israel's armed forces, going back to israel's founding in 1948. it's perfectly legal for americans to serve in other country's militaries, though the u.s. doesn't encourage it. as many as 2,000 americans are serving in israel's military. max steinberg and shawn carnelly both grew up in america, and both had strong ties to israel and on sunday, both died in fighting with hamas. in the first major ground battle of the conflict. growing up in california's san fernando valley, max was not particularly religious, but he returned to join the army, unafraid of seeing action. on sunday, his armored vehicle was hit by a rocket. he was 24. >> he felt that if this was his
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calling, that being on the sidelines, or evening in the back seat was just not going to work. >> shawn carmely was from south padre island, texas. he moved to israel four years ago and joined the army. he was 21 on sunday, when he died in gaza. >> so he went there to fight for all of us, but all of humanity. and today i called shawn a hero. he's a hero for our people. and for all people of the world. >> america's support for israel's military goes well beyond the approximately 2,000 americans now serving in the country's armed forces. since world war ii, the u.s. has given israel $121 billion in aid. most of it military. in 2007, the two countries agreed to a ten year, $30 billion aid package, and
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just last week, congress approved $351 million to support israel's iron dome system last year. president obama had asked for $179 million. in haifa, it was the emotional connection between the two countries that was in evidence, as nearly 20,000 people showed up for shawn's funeral. there are reportedly 6,000 volunteers from around the world in the israeli military today. they have to be young, between 18 and 23, and women between 18 and 22. and they have to speak hebrew. many of them decided to stay in israel after their tours of duty. we continue our coverage now, and john takes a look at gaza, the geography and the economy and limits on its people. >> reporter: you can see how small the gaza strip is, tucked away in the southwest corner of israel with its border with
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egypt. let's expand the map. here are gaza and please that's you've probably heard. rafa, that's where the crossing into egypt is kept closed. it's people through here, and materials through here. the israelis keep a very tight are a inrain on who and what can go through. from its wide beaches to the east of gaza, the people have access of 3-6 miles of mediterranean ocean, and they fire on fishing boats that get close to palestinian. it's between 4 and 8 miles wide. and some call it the world's largest open prison. and as you see from this map, it is pretty much dwarfed by new york city, though it's comparable with the island of
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manhattan. israel controlled gaza, and when they left, so did thousands of israeli settlers, and they still controlled the borders and the israeli airspace. a year after that, hamas, which many deemed to be a terrorist organization, won pretty much a landslide victory in elections. though there were complications, they ended up controlling the gaza strip. and the international groups said that they were fair and free. today in gaza, prices are high, and so is unemployment. this is general, 41% among the strip's burgeoning youth. that's in part to the trade with gaza, prompting thousands of tunnels into egypt to which consumer goods, and raw materials and cars and livestock were smuggled. many of the tunnels were destroyed in the last year by
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egypt. and hamas said that the loss of the tunnels cost the economy well over $4 million. the tunnel that's you here about in the moment are in the north of gaza, targeted by the idf. and fighters from gaza have been sent through the tunnels to attack israel. >> the u.s. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to gaza, food supplies are running short, and thousands are seeking shelter in local schools. tonight, robert turner describes what people there are facing. >> when i think of evacuation, i think of moving to safety. i think of moving some distance, that would provide geographic boundaries or bufferrers from the dame, and that's not possible in gaza. you're talking about 150 square miles with 1.8 million people. it's the size of mobile,
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alabama, and the population sensety of chicago. when we talk about people moving, they're moving a mile or two miles. most of them are very poor, and most of them don't have cars. they're walking, and coming with family and friends. so it's -- it gives an accurate impression of evacuation, and people don't want to leave. they're leaving out of fear. there's a tragic displacement here. i have spoken to the displaced in some of the schools, and they're displacing into the very same schools, and sometimes into the very same classroom in the last 5 and a half years. if you're a six-year-old child, this is your third war. it takes a huge toll on the society and the development of the chirp, and we can't estimate how much damage this is doing to the social fabric of the kids.
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the message is clear for all, it has been made very clear by the secretary general and others, the u.n. is calling for immediate ceasefire in hostilities, but however, it's also looking for a dialogue to address conflicts. three conflicts in 5 and a half years. >> we have much more coming up tonight on aljazeera. let's go to washington d.c. adam may is telling us what's coming up tonight. >> coming up on america tonight, is the american dream dead? studying the research that tracked almost 800 children for three decades, and it revealed that children raised in poverty have a slim chance of raising their fortunes, but there's one factor that makes a big difference. race. we'll take you on a journey from first grade to adulthood. why it's so hard to break out of the poverty cycle. >> the things that my mother let
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me do, -- age of eight. we sold it out of my house and that's how i made my living. >> the american dream, the real numbers, that's coming up at the top of the you're. >> see you then, thank you very much. violence has intensified in syria's civil warp. there are reports that when 700 people were killed thursday and friday, it's more than people killed in the conflict in gaza. a pro rebel group called it the deadliest day of fighting in the war. the group, islamic state, is making advances in both syria and iraq. in every place it takes over, people are ordered to either convert to it's extremely strict interpretation of islamic law or face death. >> there are fears that
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christians in iraq are coming under increased persecution, and many now have largely left. >> wit islamic state fighters ae focusing on minorities. forced to converter face death. hundreds fled. and families too afraid to show their faces, facing robbed of everything that they open. >> they stopped us on the way out and took my i.d. and found out i was a christian. they took all of my money, i lived and worked all of my life in mosul. >> they burned down an 1800-year-old church. since islamic fighters seized mosul last month, the second largest city, churches have closed and religious symbols are removed. this is believed to be the tomb
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of the biblical leader. they have been ordered to cover faces, and the christians have plummeted from 2,000 in 2003 to 100 now. we have been targeted before. this group is humiliating christians. >> the u.n. this week strongly condemned the persecution, and the pope pleaded for prayers. the group just attacking christians but shias and other minorities. they have destroyed mosques and shrines, and urge they have urged the west for help. >> they commandeer or wait for them to go back onto their countries and face terrorism. >> many iraqi christians are crowding the few churches in safer areas.
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forced from land their faith has called home for 2,000 years and the u.n. security council saying that it's a crime against humanity. >> omar is the vice president in the middle east for the united nations institute of peace, and she joins us tonight from washington. minell, welcome. >> [ audio difficulties ] dxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdx
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meteorological service looks like this. here's the center of the storm now, but as you see on the backside of the storm, that's what is holding much of the rain, and it's falling across much of the country. look at the totals here on the eastern side of the island, one of the villagers saw 5 and a half inches of rain in an hour, and then 18 inches of rain. because we're talking about a very mountainous country, that's why we're going to be seeing incredible amounts of landslides and mountain slides and flood flooding going on in the region. here in the atlantic, our atlantic hurricane season has been fairly slow to get off to a start. we saw arthur making its way up the eastern seaboard. and we're watching tropical 2. the forecast is calling for us to not do much in the next days. we think it's going to make it into the eastern caribbean but
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not past the depression stable. and we want it to get to the islands where there's a drought situation. more news after this.
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>> sout south korea police have identified the body of one of the most wanted men. he was one of those who sample the ferry. they found his body in an orchard. he was wanted for questioning, and they don't foe if he was murdered or took his own life. the president of nigeria has finally met with the families of the kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls, 99 days after they disappeared goodluck jonathan
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sat down with 50 parents after the girls disappeared. >> the last time that they saw their 16-year-old daughter, dorcas, they were making plans for her to take up sewing over the school holiday, but their whole life has been turned upside down. for 100 days, she has been missing. one of the more than 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by boko haram in april. >> we don't understand [ unintelligible ]. >> we have prayed over and over, we are praying for the girls [ unintelligible ] . >> the mass abduction of the girls in the northeastern village has not only shocked nigerians, but around the world. in this video released by boko haram, the group threatened to sell them into slavery. anger has been building up over the government's handling of the
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situation. but after three months, president goodluck jonathan finally met the families face-to-face. little has been done. >> the quality of intelligence that is available. and that has led also to the security forces succeeding in arresting some of the commanders of the boko haram operation. >> but the trauma has overwhelmed the people. houseworkers, have been doubling as grief councilors. at least four parents have died of complications because of their ordeal. and others were killed in further violence by the group targeting their community. paul said that his wife died shortly after the kidnapping of his twin daughters on that fateful day. >> it has been a terrible time. i can't sleep. i'm left alone with four other
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children, and now all i have is faint hope. >> with neither a negotiated deal or a military rescue apparently in sight, many are wondering if the girls will ever be back. aljazeera, abu ja. >> coming up tonight on the newscast, a legal showdown from the affordable care act, we'll take a look at the two rulings that strike at the heart of the healthcare law, and plus, bringing a pay phone into the 21st century. how new york man's to make 10,000 public phones useful to a new generation. all of that can and more. and we hope you'll join us. tonight, a freeze frame from the costa concordia, the ship on its side. it has been raised from the sea bed, and about to be towed back to its home port in jen with a. it struck a reef in january of
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2012, capsized and killed 32 people. that's our news for this hour. we'll see you back here at 11:00 eastern time. paul has the headlines when we come back.
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>> welcome to aljazeera, i'm paul beebeen and here are tonight's top stories. aviation industries in united states and canada have banned airline flights into tel aviv. they asked john kerry to get flights back into israel. 120,000 palestinians have been chased from their homes because of the violence. u.s. officials have released new intelligence about malaysian night 17. they said that it was likely shot down accidentally, but according to one official, it's not clear who pulled the trigger, and they have no proof that russia's government was involved. in new york, police are trying to figure out who placed two white flags on top of the brooklyn bridge today.
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someone swapped them with the american flags usually is there. it's heavily monitored. and they're still investigating. america tonight is up next, and you can always get the latest news online at on "america tonight" the long journey home hits a road block. remains unaccounted for. fears the debris field has been compromised. and in the netherlands, a nation mourns. >> there's so many victims, it's a tragedy for individual members of the family and friends. remembering lives lost while families wait for